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Turkey rescues 98 irregular migrants in Aegean Sea

The Turkish Coast Guard Command announced on Feb. 22 that it rescued a total of 98 irregular migrants in the Aegean Sea who were pushed back by the Greek Coast Guard into Turkish territorial waters. 

Cyprus blames Turkey for “sending migrants”

Cyprus is dealing with a large flow of illegal migration from Turkey that “fails to implement all agreements regarding migration towards Cyprus”

Turkey continues to increase its presence in Africa: FM

Given the rise in the number of Ankara's diplomatic missions across Africa, Turkey's foreign minister said on Feb. 22 his country's presence in the continent continues to increase.

Turkey offers condolences on death of Italian diplomat

Turkey on Feb. 22 offered condolences on the killing of an Italian diplomat in an attack on a U.N. convoy in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ambassador Luca Attanasio, 43, was among three people killed along with Italian police officer Vittorio Lacovacci, 30, and their Congolese World Food Program driver.

Climate change to affect productivity in Turkish agricultural sector: Expert

Climate change will adversely affect productivity in the agricultural sector in the short term, according to a Turkish expert.

A Turkish academic has drawn attention to the importance of the effects of climate change especially on the agricultural sector.

Turkish women scientists’ ratio surpasses EU average, data shows

The proportion of women scientists and engineers in Turkey surpassed the EU average in 2019, according to the Eurostat report.

The report said there were around 15.4 million scientists and engineers in the EU in 2019, adding that 59 percent of them were men, while 41 percent were women.

Turkey’s province of Şanlıurfa awaits visitors in new spring season

Home to 12,000-year-old Göbeklitepe and Balıklıgöl, two of the recognized centers of faith tourism, Turkey's southeastern province of Şanlıurfa is waiting to welcome tourist once again in the coming spring season with steps for the gradual normalization to begin soon.

CHP’s campaign against Albayrak targets me, my family: Erdoğan

The main opposition Republican People's Party's (CHP) campaign regarding former Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak aims to target the president and his family, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Feb. 22 stressing that the transactions of the central bank in his term were in line with the law.

CHP sensitive toward ‘flag and homeland,’ Kılıçdaroğlu says

Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on Feb. 22 stressed that his party attaches importance to patriotism while objecting to the government members' accusations against his party over the killing of 13 Turks in Iraq by the illegal PKK members.

Curfew violations continue at same speed

The number of people violating weeknight curfews and weekend lockdowns is not changing even though the COVID-19 situation has not shown a significant improvement.

More than 31,000 people broke the weeknight curfew and a full weekend lockdown between Feb. 15 and Feb. 22, the country's Interior Ministry reported on Feb. 22.

Number of daily virus cases stuck at certain level, says expert

The number of daily coronavirus cases in Turkey appears to be stuck at a certain level and is not coming down, an expert has said, noting that the virus variants may not be the reason behind this situation.

Mixed picture for sectoral confidence in Feb

Confidence in Turkey's service and construction sectors diminished, while retail trade increased on a monthly basis in February, the country's statistical authority revealed on Feb. 22.